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George Washington University

#46, overall score 60.67/100

Fun Fact:

GW’s commencement ceremony takes place on the National Mall.

Why should Jewish students attend GW? GW students get to experience the thrill of living in Washington D.C. and all it has to offer while staying connected to a warm, vibrant Jewish community that provides support and love. Jewish GW students are asked to not only be consumers but producers of Judaism as well. Creating meaningful events, hosting intimate Shabbat meals and running fellowships are just a few examples of the opportunities the GW Hillel has afforded to its students. — Rabbi Dan Epstein, senior Jewish educator, GW Hillel

With one of the largest Jewish student populations in the U.S., GW offers a unique place to keep and grow a strong Jewish identity in an amazing community. Students pursue a great education, all the while enjoying access to the “capital scene” and some of the world’s most prominent personalities and institutions. Chabad GW offers stellar Jewish events and programs, from our legendary warm yet lively Shabbat dinners to Torah study opportunities large and small, great (new) kosher meal plan and leadership development opportunities — including Sinai Scholars, Knapp Fellows, Israel support and awareness groups and other innovative programs. — Rabbi Levi Shemtov, founding director, Chabad GW

ACADEMICS Score: 15/30

  • Score: 15/30
  • Acceptance rate: 46%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Israel Studies major: No

FINANCES

  • Tuition: $51,950
  • Room & board costs: $12,500
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $11,800

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 11,157
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 3,000
  • Jewish population share: 27%
  • Student origin: 3% in-state/97% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Colonials
  • Ultimate Frisbee team: Hippos

ISRAEL Score: 12.5/20

  • Score: 12.5/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 98
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: GW for Israel, J Street U, TAMID
  • BDS resolution: Introduced, failed

JEWISH LIFE Score: 33.17/40

  • Score: 33.17/40
  • Hillel: GW Hillel
  • Chabad: Chabad Jewish Student Center D.C., Chabad GW
  • OU-JLIC: None
  • Meor: Yes
  • Jewish fraternities: ZBT
  • Jewish sororities: AEPhi, SDT
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 6
  • Hillel Friday night services: 3
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 75
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 20 (6 Orthodox, 7 Conservative, 7 Reform)
  • Eruv: Yes
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Chuck Todd
  • Most unique/noteworthy Hillel club: The most unique event at the GW Hillel is Kabbalah and Kream. Every Wednesday night, students gather for all you can eat ice cream and discussions about Jewish mysticism. What makes Kabbalah and Kream unique is that this conversation is open to all people of all faiths or no faith at all, and often draws on various mystical traditions from around the world.
  • Where do Jewish students come from?: Students come from all over. Many hail from New Jersey and Long Island.
  • Kosher food details: Kosher food is available on campus. Several options exist, including a food truck and a vegan soup restaurant. A Whole Foods is on campus with hundreds of kosher products, including frozen chicken and kosher fish.

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